Reliever Trades: Cardinals Get Duke, Yankees Get Clippard

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Reliever Trades: Cardinals Get Duke, Yankees Get Clippard

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Can I get this post written by the time my train gets downtown? All right, GO.

The big reliever trade went down earlier this morning, but two more were also announced:

The Cardinals deal makes plenty of sense, since they’ve been looking to add a relief arm for a while. He’s under control on a reasonable deal through next year, and has a 2.63/3.03/3.26 pitching line this year, heavily facing other lefties. He’s fine. It’s a fine addition, even if not an overly sexy one. I know virtually nothing about Tilson, and in the time I have to write this post, I’m not going to pretend to be able to figure it out.

Speaking of things I can’t figure out, why are the Yankees picking up another reliever after trading away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller? Well, as best I can figure, the Yankees want Clippard in place for 2017 (through which his contract runs). Perhaps now was as good a time as any to pick him up? Instead of after the season for some reason? Surely they’re not going to try and convince anyone they’re still trying to win this year, right?

All right! I did it! With a couple stops to spare!

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.